TechTopics September 17,1999 Michigan Tech’s Faculty/Staff NewsletterPublished weekly by University Relations
Senate at odds with president over committee appointments
Tompkins says appointments needed to balance committee representation
The University Senate passed a resolution
"This calls into serious question the idea of
today that MTU alumnus John Opie and his
September 15 charging President Curt
shared governance," Snyder said. "If the presi-
wife, Ruanne, will be giving $5 million to Tompkins with appointing too many members
dent can ignore policy whenever he wants,
the University's Leaders for Innovation capi-
to the Provost and Academic Vice President
there's no reason for us to spend time in the
tal campaign. The gift is one of the largest
Search Committee. It asks the search commit-
ever received by the University from individ-
tee members who were appointed by the sen-
Seely said that in July Tompkins consulted
ate to stand down until Tompkins reduces his
with him when he began planning the provost
appointees "from seven to two" or the policy
search; and that Tompkins notified Seely that
allowing for two presidential appointees is
he was planning to make additional appoint-
increase their gift to $5 million to provide
ments to provide more balance on the com-
Later, Tompkins said the appointments were
mittee. Seely said he had recommended that
necessary to assure adequate representation
Tompkins follow the policy or wait until the
Information Technology. The center, which is
from key groups, and that he felt having a bal-
the University's next planned capital outlay
anced committee to choose the best possible
policy. However, he said, Tompkins felt that
construction project, would provide 200,000
candidate far outweighed the importance of
gross square feet of space for electronic
Senator Carl Vilmann (ME-EM) said that
classrooms, computer laboratories, training
Senator Tom Snyder (Biological Sciences)
having a longer search would not be a serious
rooms, learning centers, and library needs.
presented the resolution, saying that Tompkins
problem. "The place won't close down in the
President Curt Tompkins said the Opies'
had made seven appointments: Vice Provost for
next two years," he said, saying Tompkins
gift will be targeted at the core of the pro-
Information Technology Jim Cross, physics
could assume the provost's responsibilities
ject, expansion of the library. "It will inte-
department chair Bruce Rafert, senate president
temporarily. He suggested that the senate not
grate emerging information technologies and
Bruce Seely, Senior Vice President for Advance-
consider any other proposals until this policy
ment and University Relations John Sellars,
research missions of the University, as well
Dean of Engineering Robert Warrington,
"It would have been nice if Tompkins had
as the economic and cultural goals of the
Associate Dean of Student Affairs Gloria Melton,
approached the senate instead of just violating
state," said Tompkins. "We are truly grateful
and Erich Bloch of the Washington Advisory
the rule," Senator Martin Jurgensen (SFWP)
Group. (Note: Bloch is not a member of the
said. "To act unilaterally is really bothersome."
committee; his name was included through a
Senator John Williams (Chemistry) said the
is vice chairman and executive officer of
misunderstanding. The Washington Advisory
resolution could do more harm than good.
Group is serving as an advisor to the committee.)
"We already have a strained relationship with
Controlling health-care costs: It's everybody's business
Ingrid Cheney laid it on the bottom line September 15, explaining to a packed house the
financial facts of life that are leading to an increase in employees' cost of health-care benefits.
President's Convocation, which includes the
The benefits forum was sponsored by Staff Council.
State of the University Address by President
In 1996, MTU paid a total of $5.4 million for medical, dental, and prescription drug bene-
Curt Tompkins, will be held Wednesday,
fits for employees and their dependents. Costs crept up to $5.5 million in 1996 and went to
September 22, at 3:00 p.m. in Fisher 135.
$6 million in 1997. Then, in 1998, expenses skyrocketed to $7.8 million.
During the ceremonies, awards will be present-
Some of the rise is easy to explain. Michigan Tech now has about 100 more health insur-
ed to students, faculty, and staff. MTU employ-
ance policies (covering the families of employees, retirees, etc.), 1,413 compared to 1,282 in
ees will be excused from work to attend.
1996. In addition, the University is paying claims for some unanticipated catastrophic ill-
nesses. But that's not the whole story, she said.
academic robes begins at 2:45 p.m. and goes
According to a state study, most health-care costs can be traced to unhealthy lifestyles, said
Assistant Director for Benefits Cheney (Human Resources). By the choices they make, employ-
Everyone is invited to this annual celebra-
ees have a great deal of power over the cost of health care. "But as a culture, we have been
using drugs instead of changing our lifestyle," she said. "I want to feel better; give me a pill."
including, refreshments, will be held follow-
It's not easy to start exercising, to eat healthier foods, and especially to give up smoking.
"Yes, it's gonna be tough," Cheney said. "But if 70 percent of our health-care costs are causedby our lifestyles, that's $5.5 million in 1998 alone." She urged employees to get involved withMTU's Wellness Program.
He that plants trees loves others besides
The cost of drugs has also surged upward, from an average of $49 per month per employee
Classroom assessment and deep learningCenter for Teaching, Learning,
system."* The point is that students tend to
adapt their learning style to meet the chal-
They will deliver your order Monday through
Friday to your department or office on cam-
(tests, quizzes, papers, etc.) rather than to
pus. Just call 487-2410 with your order; be
strive for more profound mastery of founda-
tional concepts. If the vast majority of cours-
curement card number. All calls received by
1:00 p.m. will be delivered by 5:00 p.m. the
same day. Calls received after 1:00 p.m. will
researchers came to the conclusion that a pri-
rary recall of canned problem-solving tech-
mary reason that many university students
niques, that is what students will focus on.
seem to fail to truly master what they are sup-
Breaking this slide into increasingly super-
posed to learn is that they are preoccupied
ficial learning is complex and must involve
with looking for something else. Namely, they
are busily looking for facts to memorize and
Campus Store by 4:00 p.m. and to University
problem-solving protocols to master in order
intrinsic motivation and curiosity grows out
Images by 11:00 a.m., Monday-Friday.
to pass our tests, to get grades, to graduate
of providing that student with some degree of
with distinction, to get a job, etc.
freedom of choice, intellectual autonomy,
"Good students," using GPA as the metric, are
and self-control. Courses of study that regu-
those students who learn how to play the game
larly feature passive learning and the repeat-
of successfully anticipating, through some com-
ed assessment of lower-order learning work
The J. Robert Van Pelt Library will be open
bination of intuition or guile, what is going to be
against the emergence of such intrinsic moti-
on the test. Couple this sixth sense with the will-
vation, according to this line of thinking.
hours: Sunday, noon–11:45 p.m.; Monday-
ingness and the facility to temporarily internalize
Thursday, 7:45 a.m.–11:45 p.m.; Friday,
whatever amalgamation of facts, theories, and
problems while collaborating with other stu-
problem-solving routines are likely to appear,
dents tends to enfranchise students as know-
and you will be a "good student." Marton and
ers and users rather than passive receptacles
Saljo labeled this superficial process "surface
(talk to one of MTU's learning center coach-
Saturday because of budget considerations. As
learning." Their studies, conducted largely in
es about this effect). Finally, deep learning
in the past, the library is closed on holidays
Australia, suggest that student learning actually
and there are no evening or weekend hours
becomes more superficial in this regard as stu-
integrating new ideas and concepts with oth-
dents move through high school to college.
ers that are already known and valued by the
The library will remain open normal hours
What are the factors that encourage such a
superficial approach to learning? James Rhem
Marton suggests that teaching students how
of the National Teaching and Learning Forum
to learn and how to study is vitally important
summarizes: "(1) an excessive amount of
but will never happen in a study skills class.
material in the curriculum; (2) relatively high
Rather, faculty must create learning environ-
class contact hours; (3) a lack of opportunity
ments that foster mastery of learning and
to explore subjects in depth; 4) a lack of
study approaches as students are learning the
Professor G. David Mendenhall
choice over subjects and a lack of choice
disciplinary-specific content of the course.
over the method of study; and (5) a threaten-
We'll explore these ideas in more depth in
Phosphite System. The Origin of TriphenylPhosphate at Low Temperatures," coauthored
with Duane Priddy (Dow ChemicalCompany), in the Journal of Organic
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Submitted by University Cultural Enrichment
Submitted by University Cultural Enrichment
lizations," says Rathje, who, in common with
directory would have numerous volumes and
Rathje has testified at congressional hearings.
all archaeologists, applies scientific methods
weigh about 47 pounds. You might think it's
to look at the patterns between artifacts and
behavior. "We look at our own refuse to learn
about our own civilization, in terms of the
biodegradable. "Wrong!" says archae-
behaviors that produce the things we throw
away. Our trash is the unvarnished imprint of
University, with a specialty in the social his-
biggest myth that Americans treasure."
tory and burial practices of the ancient Maya.
His Tea Time presentation, "Use Less Stuff,"
that the chief focus of Rathje's research is
will focus on ways individuals can help to
garbage. What he has discovered about what
burial studies, his research over the last twen-
alleviate the escalating garbage problem in
we throw away is absolutely amazing.
ty-five years has concentrated on the archae-
our country. Tea Time patrons should note
Described as the "Indiana Jones of solid
ology of modern garbage. His most current
that the event is scheduled for a Thursday,
waste," Rathje is the founder and director of
research has been on source reduction, and
and that it will be held in M&M U115. This
the Garbage Project, which conducts archaeo-
he serves as technical consultant to ULS (Use
logical studies of modern refuse. The first
Less Stuff), the newsletter of source reduc-
September 29, Tech Tea Time will return to
tion. He has also coauthored a book titled
the usual Wednesday slot in the Union.
Distinguished Lecture Series, Rathje visits
Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for
Michigan Tech on Thursday, September 23.
loss of biodiversity, and overpopulation are the
His public address, "The Rotten Truth About
major threats to the future of our planet. In the
Our Garbage," is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. in
Cullen Murphy) was a national bestseller, and
face of these monumental global challenges,
Fisher 135. He will also give a Tea Time pre-
any efforts we make as individuals may seem
sentation, "Use Less Stuff: Changing Our
The Van Evera Distinguished Lecture series
utterly insignificant. We continue to recycle,
Patterns of Consumption," at 4:00 p.m. that
is made possible by a generous gift from the
though, as it makes us feel virtuous, and
same day in M&M U115. Both events are free
Van Evera family to the Michigan Tech Fund.
because at least we're doing something. At
The series is coordinated by the University
Tech Tea Time, Rathje will describe ways in
Rathje's multidisciplinary Garbage Project at
which individuals can make more significant
the University of Arizona at Tucson has exca-
efforts to solve the problem of waste produc-
vated fifteen landfills across North America to
tion and resource depletion by reducing con-
record the quantities of various types of buried
sumption and reusing whenever possible, so
refuse and what happens to these materials
that recycling becomes the third, rather than
over time. The project has also studied fresh
the first, line of defense. "Conspicuous con-
sumption dates back to early civilizations," he
waste, diet and nutrition, recycling, and the
says and argues that we need to remember the
discard of hazardous wastes. Rathje's research
mistakes of the past and understand the behav-
has been cited in congressional and environ-
for an Internet2-member institution is now
iors that contribute to our current problems.
mental defense fund studies, and the project
traveling over our new, high-speed link.
Rathje is one of two speakers in the 1999–
has been used to plan environmentally respon-
Internet2 is a research project sponsored by
2000 Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series.
sive policies for municipal solid waste landfills.
universities working with industry, government,
His evening lecture, "The Rotten Truth About
According to Rathje, "What we think is in
and other networking organizations to address
Our Garbage," is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.,
landfills, and what happens to it over time,
the major challenges facing the next generation
Thursday, September 23, in Fisher 135. Tech Tea
may be based more on myths than on facts."
of university networks and advanced applica-
Time is coordinated by the University Cultural
"Garbology," the term coined to describe
tions. Michigan Tech received funding from the
Enrichment Department and is free and open to
Rathje's research, is now in the Oxford English
NSF for the project following a competitive
the public. Call 487-2844 for more information.
Dictionary, and Rathje is acknowledged as the
application process. Anyone interested in learn-
Rathje's visit to Michigan Tech is made possible
nation's leading "garbologist." "Archaeologists
ing more about Internet2 can access the main
study ancient garbage to learn about past civi-
project Web site at http://www.internet2.edu.
Michigan Tech campus on Internet2 and its
possibilities are just gearing up for fall. A fac-
MTU Apartments residents can paddle the Portage (or any other watery place, for that mat-
ulty committee is being organized to advise
ter), thanks to a recent purchase by the Daniell Heights Residence Council.
the campus on the use of the connection. In
Graduate student and council member David Shuman arranged for the purchase. "We
addition, an open e-mail list, i2-l, is being set
wanted to promote outdoor activities, and kayaking is an outdoor activity," he said. "Plus,
up to facilitate information exchange and
they are easier to paddle than canoes. And we've been fishing a lot in them." The $5 daily
questions. A Web site will also be implement-
rental charge will be used for kayak maintenance.
A percentage of the apartment residents' rent is used by the council to promote various
enrichment activities, such as bowling, Winter Carnival events, and the Taste of Daniell Heights
"We'd also like to thank Louis Garnell of Building Maintenance for doing an excellent job [email protected] For information on Internet2
making the kayak storage racks," Shuman added. "They were ready just a day after we sub-
member institutions, check http://www.
mitted a work request form and installed just in time for the new kayaks' arrival."
Marc Boxer has joined the staff of the
previously a tax preparer for H&R Block.
Heckel holds a BS in business from MTU.
player for the last four years and was an on-
ice summer hockey instructor. Boxer has a
BA in History with a minor in political sci-
Tammy Ahola has joined the Memorial
Union staff as a part-time senior clerk N2.
wife, Rachel, live in Houghton. His interests
National Bank in Hancock and works as the
Dale Burkhouse has joined the staff of the
treasurer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
ber 24–25 at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher 135.
Ahola has a BS in Mathematics from MTU.
advisor. He was previously owner of Superior
Zachary, and lives in Hancock. She enjoys
Healthcare Management and was a certified
the outdoors, walking, biking, and spending
athletic trainer with Portage Rehabilitation.
Murray, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, and the
Thomas Swaner has joined the J. R. Van Pelt
late greats John Belushi and Gilda Radner.
Library staff as government documents/map
ersity Culturv The current crop of young comedians fol-
University and an MS in Biological Sciences
librarian. He was previously employed by the
lows in the footsteps of these great names
from MTU. He is a certified athletic trainer
Glencoe Public Library as Internet/reference
and is sure to deliver an entertaining show.
librarian. Swaner has a bachelor's degree from
Angela D. Cooke has joined the
Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, an MA in
Advancement staff as endowment fund coor-
History from Loyola University in Chicago,
Submitted b tumes, a few props, a liberal dose of major
dinator. She was previously employed by the
talent, and boundless energy. They treat audi-
Michigan Tech Fund as a research assistant
University of Iowa. He is married to Sarah
ences to a series of fast-paced satirical
sketches; very funny, very clever songs; and
William H. Cooke (Biomedical Engineering) Kurt Johnson has joined the Dining
their hallmark improvisational skits based on
Services staff as a baker. He was previously
suggestions from the audience. They poke fun
Mary Carol Friedrich has joined the fine
self-employed as owner of Johnson's Bakery.
at each other, at human weaknesses in gener-
arts department staff as coordinator of theatre
He is married to Stephanie, has a son, Kyle,
al, at events in the news, and at the audi-
design. She was previously technical director
ence. Nothing is sacred with these guys, and
of theatre design at Louisiana State University,
Todd Piket has joined the IT staff as an
Since the original Second City was formed in
technical consultant for Decision Consultants,
Chicago in 1959, its stages have been the home
director of theatre design at Wheaton College.
for some of the greatest comic geniuses of film
For the Boston Lyric Opera, she was technical
Extranet Team, where he was lead develop-
and television. In 1976 the National Touring
director, and served as master electrician for
er/analyst for Directory Services. Piket has a
company was formed, and sister troupes have
the Spoleto Festival. Friedrich has an MFA in
BS in Computer Science from MTU and lives
been founded in Toronto and Detroit.
in Hancock. His hobbies include tennis, rac-
For tickets, call the Performing Arts Ticket
Center at 487-3200 (Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00
Education from Oklahoma State University. Kathryn Truax has joined the staff of the
a.m.–7:00 p.m.) or stop by the Memorial
She is married to Craig Friedrich (ME-EM),
Union Box Office (487-3200, Monday-Friday,
has a son, Daniel, and lives in Houghton.
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.). Tickets are $9 and $6
Linda Heckel has joined the staff of the
Psychology from Michigan State University
for the general public, $8 and $5 for students.
J. R. Van Pelt Library as a secretary. She was
and MS, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale.
Company is sponsored by the Student Enter-
tainment Board and coordinated through theUniversity Cultural Enrichment Department.
Researchers, their proposals, and their potential sponsors are
Call 487-2844 for further information.
• Noel Schulz (Electrical Engineering), "Data • Wayne Pennington (Geological Engineering
Integration Services," Northern States
and Sciences), "Calibration of Fracture
• William Cooke (Biomedical Engineering),
Counseling Association are sponsoring the
"Exercise and Autonomic Cardiovascular
• Steven Carr, Ching-Kuang Shene, and Jean
Houghton Area College Program on Thursday,
Regulation," American Heart Association
Mayo (Computer Science), "Concurrent
September 23, 9:00–11:00 a.m. in the SDC.
• Carole La Pointe (Educational
employees with high-school age children are
Anishnabe People," Department of Health
• Alphonse Baartmans (Mathematical
particularly encouraged to attend. Representa-
Sciences), Bruce Rafert (Physics), and Sheryl
tives from colleges, universities, vocational
• Ching-Kuang Shene (Computer Science), Sorby (General Engineering), "Integration of
programs, and the armed services will be on
Math, Physics, and Engineering for First-Year
hand to answer questions about academic pro-
grams, admissions, scholarships and financial
• Michael Renn (Physics), "Three-
• Mark Plichta (Engineering), Brett Hamlin, and
aid, campus visits, career choices, and cost. Gretchen Hein (General Engg.), "Proposal for
About forty institutions will be participat-
Guided Direct Writing," University of
Active and Collaborative Learning Computer
ing. For more information, call 487-2335.
and Video Conferencing Equipment," NSF
"Do we ask our pharmacist how much our
Another suggested that the University try to
prescription costs?" Cheney said. "Probably
lower the prices charged by providers rather
National City Bank is instituting several
Bill McGarry, vice president for
Office, and will have no representative on
campus after October 8. The new hours will
vary and will be posted on the Tech Express
Resources Director Ellen Horsh
door. After October 8, account holders will
need to contact a local branch bank if they
have any National City account questions.
All returning student account holders with
changes were the best option. Other options
the Campus First account will be switched to
would have been to have fixed-term employ-
the Self-Serve account. According to National
• Ask your physician for a less expensive
ees pay a premium for health-care benefits or
City, the Self-Serve checking account has
to institute deductibles for all employees to
advantages over the Campus First account,
• If the drug is new, ask for samples.
primarily unlimited check writing and unlimit-
deductibles of $250 per year for the employ-
role with their physicians as well. "Talk with
providing account holders with more informa-
your doctor; ask questions," she said. "We all
tion. The Tech Express program believes that
want to live longer, and we all want to enjoy
was to discourage unnecessarily high claims.
the new account is better designed for student
customers. The changes become effective dur-
the emergency room to avoid paying the $10
ing the October bank statement cycle.
co-pay for an office visit, which is extremely
Lastly, National City will stop using Tech
expenses related to health care, from new
Express cards as ATM/debit cards starting
account. Since those accounts are not sub-
account holders new ATM/debit cards before
ject to income tax, the savings can be sub-
lower-paid employees, the benefits are pro-
portionately higher as well. "Our health-care
The Tech Express Office is seeking student
saved about $1,800 in taxes on a single pro-
cost per employee is $5,556," he said.
input on ways to improve the Tech Express
cedure that was not covered by MTU. A cau-
"That's 25 percent of a $20,000 salary. The
tionary note: All the money must be spent by
benefit is not scaled up based on salary, and
Jarrod Karau, manager of the Tech Express
the end of the year or you lose the balance.
The University is working with local physi-
changes slated to go into effect January 1. Em-
cians and hospitals with the goal of reducing
ployees' share of an office visit will rise from
MTU's health-care costs. She noted that Blue
$10 to $20, and emergency room visits will
Associate Professor Bruce Mork
cost $25. Employees' co-pay for prescription
(Electrical Engineering) coauthored a paper,
drugs will be 20 percent of the cost, with a
centers charge reduced prices for some high-
"Preprocessor for EMTP Power Transformer
minimum co-pay of $5 and a maximum of $25.
cost procedures. For example, the University
Currently, the co-pay is $5. The total savings,
of Michigan's Medical Center is a Center of
according to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, should
Excellence for organ transplants, she noted.
University of Catalunya, Barcelona), pre-
be about $350,000 to $400,000 annually.
Their bill for the procedure is $150,000,
sented at the Third International Conference
some employees, the cost increase will be
Clinic. The University will be informing local
20–24 in Budapest, Hungary. Mork served
even greater than their annual raises, and
health-care providers about the Centers of
that the increase in co-pays would affect
Excellence program so they can refer patients
lower-paid employees disproportionately.
to the centers, if it's appropriate.
scheduling the technical sessions. He thenvisited the Polytechnic University of
Colloquium Sept. 23 on statistical mechanics of protein folding
Catalunya to collaborate with Martinez andGonzalez-Molina on new developments in
Professor Gordon M. Crippen of the College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, will give
a colloquium, "Statistical Mechanics of Protein Folding by Exhaustive Enumeration," on
Thursday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in Fisher 139.
Lecturer William B. Chapel (SBE) pre-
It is hard to construct theories for the folding of globular proteins because they are large,
sented a paper, "Forensic Rhetoric: A
complicated molecules with enormous numbers of nonnative conformations and native states
that are complicated to describe. Crippen describes a simplification approach where the chain
Resolution," at the Seventh International
is accurately represented and the energy of each conformation is calculated by a not unrea-
sonable empirical function. The set of amino acid sequences and allowed conformations is so
restricted that it becomes computationally feasible to examine them all. He uses calculations
Kentucky. Chapel also served as chair for a
based on a novel representation of the conformations as points in an abstract 12-dimensional
multiple session titled "A Cross-Cultural
Study of the Speech Acts of Complimenting
All interested persons are invited, and refreshments will be served. Crippen's visit is spon-
Connecticut. "I really want to give something
Curt," he said. "If we take our football and go
made, there would be no representation from
to my alma mater to thank the University for
home, we are running a very serious risk"
Information Technology, department chairs,
that the president will act unilaterally and
vice presidents, student affairs, or deans.
accomplish their ambitious and far-sighted
These are groups that work very closely with
campaign goals," he said. "We hope our con-
Senator Christ Ftaclas (Physics) agreed.
the chief academic officer on a day-to-day
"Putting aside history, it's important that we
basis, and their input is absolutely critical if
donate to this groundbreaking effort to ensure
work with the president. Is this the way? It
the continued improvement of Michigan Tech
says you should hold your breath till you
deans and chairs know what it's like to deal
and its continued reputation as one of the
die." If the president doesn't work with the
with a chief academic officer as a dean or a
nation's top institutions of higher learning."
senate, "we're already dead," Snyder said.
Senator Chuck Ouellette (Facilities Man-
"If the senate and Staff Council had put
agement) suggested that the senate instead
people from these groups on the committee,
University by 2003. The campaign will fund
take the matter to the Board of Control. "That
I wouldn't have made these appointments,"
student scholarships, faculty endowments,
is our normal appeal process," he said.
Ftaclas said that, despite Tompkins' adding
the extra members, the search committee did
"John and Ruanne Opie's gift provides us
not seem to be stacked in favor of administra-
search committees. "When we did the last
tion. Of the appointees, two could be consid-
provost search, seven years ago, the Board of
capital campaign," said National Campaign
ered Tompkins' choices to represent alumni
Control directed me to add additional mem-
Chair Dick Robbins of Seattle. "This transfor-
and the community: Sellars and Cross.
bers because they felt the committee was not
representative of the constituents that would
University's ability to attract quality faculty
policy requirement. "Rafert and Seely are fac-
be involved with the position," he said. As a
ulty," he said, and noted the importance of
having a department chair on the committee.
bers. Tompkins said he made similar addi-
"Chairs work more closely with the chief aca-
tional appointments in the search for the
demic officer than we do," he added. The
senior vice president for advancement and
spent his entire professional career with
only one who is not truly accounted for is
General Electric. His involvement with the
Melton, as a representative of Student Affairs.
In all three instances, Tompkins said, he
University has been extensive. He was vice
She was nominated for a senate slot on the
consulted with the senate president. "And in
chair of Michigan Tech's 1983–87 capital
none of those other cases did I come before
campaign and has served as a trustee of the
the full senate. I have always dealt with the
Michigan Tech Fund for thirteen years and as
senate president," he said. "I haven't changed
fund president for two years. He has received
the Board of Control Silver Medal, has been
add members was made in the best interests
"I believe we all want a good outcome—the
named a distinguished alumnus, received an
of the University and reflects changes in the
best provost we can find," Tompkins said. "I
honorary doctorate degree, and has been a
understand the senate's concerns regarding
commencement speaker at Michigan Tech.
"The provost's responsibilities are very dif-
policy, but I don't think we should allow our
ferent now than they were seven years ago,"
hands to be tied because of something that
he said September 16. "They are now very
happened seven years ago. In this case, I think
we should use common sense and get the job
Hispanic Heritage Month
done right on behalf of the University."
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